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How Does Divorce Work In Illinois?

Divorce in Illinois has a few important requirements, such as residency and grounds. You’ll have to have lived in Illinois, in your county, for 90 days, and you’ll have to prove “irreconcilable differences.” Both those requirements are simple to achieve, but the rest of the divorce can be extremely complex without the help of an experienced attorney.

At , I guide people who are seeking to end their marriages with experience and dedication. My name is Alicia J. Downs, and as a longtime Illinois resident and attorney, I have many years of experience serving the residents of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon and across St. Louis Metro East. As an experienced attorney, I can provide you with the necessary insight and expertise into family law issues and help you find a successful path forward.

What Will Your Divorce Look Like?

When you’re ready to divorce, I’ll be with you the entire way, and I’ll walk you through the many issues you’re likely to face. In the meantime, you probably have several important questions. Below, I’ve provided answers to some of the more common ones.

What will happen with my children?

Your children’s living situation is likely to be a primary area of your divorce. However, Illinois resolves questions of custody and visitation by answering the question: What is in the child’s best interests? This is a complex question with many important pieces.

How will the division of assets work?

Illinois is an equitable distribution state. This means that the court will divide assets that have been acquired since the marriage began by looking at many factors. The division is not necessarily going to be equal, but the court will strive to reach a fair outcome.

Will I need to get spousal support or child support?

Continuing financial support for you and your children will be a major discussion. No issue is more hotly contested than ongoing spousal support. Child support, too, is a frequent area of tension.

Finding The Answers Is Part Of The Process

Not only are those questions above important, but you must also find a resolution for those questions during the divorce proceedings. If any issue remains unresolved by the parties, then the judge will make a determination for you.

However, with me as your lawyer, we can work to resolve your divorce questions and concerns and move forward. Call me at or send an email to get started.